Wear Sunscreen

On this day in 1997, the words that were immortalised by Baz Luhrmann “Everybody’s Free (To Wear Sunscreen)” are 14 years old.

The original article appeared in the Chicago Tribune entitled, “Advice, like youth, probably just wasted on the young”.

The author, Mary Schmich set out to write a fictitious graduation speech. “Most of us, will never be invited to sow our words of wisdom among an audience of caps and gowns”.

She invited her readership to do the same, 14-years later we take up that mantle and the #sunscreenchallenge was born.

Each blogger spent 1-hour creating a graduation speech. Essentially, it’s the advice that they’d pass onto school leavers today based on their own life experience.

If you’ve enjoyed the blog – please RT the post, include the #sunscreenchallenge tag and find other blog posts using this hashtag.

The power of hindsight is a wonderful thing; and a thing you can neither live with or without.  With hindsight you will never learn, without hindsight you would never be able to give advice; which is what I am going to attempt to do now.

Fear not :- try to only worry about that which you can control; these are the only worries you can make go away.  Plenty of events are going to happen of which you can do nothing about, and worrying will not change one dot of what’s happening.  Like squeezing a stressball it’s going to feel crushing but won’t go anywhere.  You’ll learn afterwards these are the moments you will draw upon to help you the next time the unexpected happens.

Feel everything :- Happy, sad, angry, moody, sulky, extasy; embrace them all as they will all embrace you.  One does not exist without the other.  So if your sad and sulky, BE sad and sulky, and it will only serve to enhance the next bout of happiness.  And when that comes don’t be bashful, or worried about what others think.  Like all emotions it’s fleeting so grab it; and your friends will grab it too.

Live YOUR life.  Don’t live someonelses, or FOR someone else.  Those that love you, love you for you and what you’re doing and where you’re going.  If they choose to not be a part of it don’t alter course to sweep them up, let them hop on the fun bus or eat your dust!

Finally some practical stuff, and what I wish someone had rammed into my brain and stuck there with “No More Nails” – credit cards, loand and overdrafts are NOT free money.  If you can’t afford it, don’t get it.  My twenties would have been a much happier landscape with this bit of hindsight.

I hope if you made it this far it all made sense and maybe even struck some sort of chord 🙂

Oh and this is my first blog ever so be kind!


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